Parker Wilhelm from Bethesda has dropped a pair of massive news items on Bethesda’s official Doom websites. On the Slayer’s Club, he offered a taste of what’s to come with regard to the first update to DOOM Eternal. While only listed as “coming soon” according to the blurb, it seems clear that this massive update is just around the corner.

Update 1 looks to contain a slew of new features, including “Empowered Demons.” A feature which sounds reminiscent of the Middle Earth: Shadow duology, Empowered Demons receive a power boost after slaying a gamer in single-player campaign action, then invade the game states of other players. Players then have the option of avenging their fallen friends in exchange for loot and an XP boost.

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Update 1 will bring Empowered Demons to your game state!

Other enhancements include quality of life improvements to both single-player and Battlemode, and an add-a-friend feature through Bethesda.net. Specific to Battlemode, improvements include tweaks based on data analysis, balancing, and console-exclusive adjustments.

Perhaps even more important is word today that the first expansion is also coming soon. It will be part of the Year One Pass which is available both as part of the Deluxe Edition of DOOM Eternal and as a separate purchase. The release reads, in part:

Following the events of the main story, your victory over Hell’s armies pulled humanity back from the edge of extinction – but it came at a cost. An imbalance of power in the heavens requires the true ruler of the universe to rise and set things right.

For those of you unfamiliar with the DOOM franchise, DOOM Eternal allows you to step into the armored boots of the DOOM Slayer in a fight against demons to prevent the ultimate destruction of humanity. We here at The Inner Circle are glad they chose to officially name the character “DOOM Slayer,” because let’s face it, DOOM Person would sound fairly boring. It may as well be called DOOM Accountant. The slogan would be something like, “RAZE TAXES! The DOOM Accountant tells demons… their number is up!” On second thought, I like DOOM Accountant.

Also, if you’re unfamiliar with DOOM, I feel I might also need to give you a quick primer on what “video games” are. It all started with a man named Nolan Bushnell… come to think of it, we don’t have that kind of time. Just check it out!

To view the full release on the upcoming DLC, click here.

The full Update 1 details can be seen here.

Stay tuned here for more news as it becomes available!

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